A DUMBARTON ACADEMY pupil has promised to give young people in the area voice after being elected as a new Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Faith Bhardwaj says she will strive to represent those who are of a similar age to her after being named the MSYP for Dumbarton at the recent Scottish Youth Parliament national elections.

The 16-year-old was picked after ballots were opened to young people aged between 11 – 25 who were asked to cast their vote to elect their local MSYP between Wednesday, January 17 and January 31.

And Miss Bhardwaj first thanked those who had put their faith in her before vowing to work for youngsters in the community.

She said: “Thank you so much for this outstanding opportunity. I am beyond grateful and thrilled to have the chance to make a profound impact on my community, especially for young people.

“I ensure that every individual’s voice is not only heard but given the utmost importance. I would like to thank the people who voted.

“Your support and trust in me means the world. I promise to work tirelessly to represent you all. Thank you for believing in me.”

The Scottish Youth Parliament is the democratically elected voice of Scotland's young people.

It provides a national platform for young people to discuss issues important to them and affect the change they wish to see.

Alongside Miss Ross, Faith Bhardwaj of Dumbarton Academy was elected for the Dumbarton area.

And, speaking after the 2024 SYP election results, West Dunbartonshire Councillor Michelle McGinty praised both youngsters.

She said: “I want to start by congratulating Faith and Rebecca on their fantastic campaign and victory. The young people of West Dunbartonshire have made their voices heard and are now represented by two very capable and passionate candidates.

“The future generation is what will shape society for years to come and I am sure Faith and Rebecca will empower the next generation and inspire positive change. I wish them the very best of luck in their future endeavours.”